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The Brooklyn Museum has amassed one of the largest and most diverse collections in the United States. Its vast holdings range from the ancient to the contemporary and encompass virtually all the world's principal cultures, reflecting the institution's long history of acquiring Western and non-Western art.



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May 10, 2021 James Tissot
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Feb 20, 2021 William Glackens
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Is this a modern Eve about to take a bite of the apple? William Glackens certainly counted on his viewers to make that association. Moreover, he offered a fresh American update on the subject of the nude studio model, paraphrasing one of France's most famous paintings, Edouard Manet's Olympia. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object record for the latest information.
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Dec 31, 2020 Kahlil Gibran
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Jul 21, 2020 Joshua Johnson
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Joshua Johnson, a free black who made his living as a portraitist in the racially tolerant environment of Federal-era Baltimore, had a talent for the tender delineation of family ties. Here, the small boys each extend an arm to their father and rest a pale hand on his sturdy form. Their father's hand, open in his lap, suggests a gentle accessibility. Johnson modeled his compositions on portraits by the Peale family of painters, for whom he initially may have worked as a servant in Philadelphia....
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Jul 12, 2020 Daniel Ridgway Knight
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Like many Americans of his generation, Daniel Ridgway Knight sought his academic training in Paris, where he remained as an expatriate from 1873. The Well , which is typical of the sentimentalized peasant subjects that occupied French-trained Americans and pleased their audiences at home, demonstrates the detailed character of Knight’s early work. In keeping with the rigorous French academic method, he executed extensive preparatory subjects prior to undertaking the finished painting. After...
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Feb 21, 2020 Gilbert Stuart
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Gilbert Stuart portrayed George Washington several times in this stately, full-length portrait format known as the Grand Manner, initially reserved for royalty. In this case, he used European models for the setting and figure, and then adapted the iconography for an American subject. Standing in the classical pose of an orator (with arm extended), Washington appears in formal civilian clothing, but holds a sword that recalls his military achievements and suggests the might of his presidency....
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Jan 25, 2020 Thomas Moran
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Watercolor was the ideal medium for the late nineteenth-century landscape painter Thomas Moran, a follower of the British painter J. M. W. Turner who was drawn to dramatic natural features in places such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. In this view of the lagoon and central buildings constructed for the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893—an extravagant, nationalistic salute to the westward advance of “civilization”—Moran bathed the scene in the glowing colors of a vivid...
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Jan 2, 2020 Abbott H. Thayer
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Oct 18, 2019 Antoine-Louis Barye
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May 3, 2019 Edward Hicks
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From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of The Peaceable Kingdom in an effort to reconcile his artistic vocation with his ardent faith. The subject is based on verses from the Old Testament Book of Isaiah that describe an Edenic world in which predatory animals (a leopard, lion, and bear) coexist in harmony with meeker creatures (a lamb, kid, and calf) and children. In the background, the earthly realization of this prophecy...
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Feb 17, 2019 Edgar Degas
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Embracing the Impressionist credo of painting modern life, Degas concentrated on the daily rituals of urban dwellers. In this image, typical of his bather scenes, Degas captures his subject from behind and in motion as she vigorously towels herself after a bath. Bright light pours in from the window, highlighting her left breast but otherwise casting her body in shadow and limiting clear definition of both facial and bodily features. This composition thus denies much of the erotic charge...
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Dec 18, 2017
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Dec 18, 2017 James Frothingham
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Nov 4, 2017 John J. Audubon
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Jan 23, 2017 James Tissot
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Aug 24, 2015 Muhammad Rafi`
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Dec 6, 2012 Yi Chong
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The sixteenth-century ink-wash painting, a type rarely found outside Korean collections, uses strong, deliberate brushwork to convey ideas of space and perspective. Yi Chong, a Buddhist monk who came from a renowned family of artists, was a respected court painted during his short life. His work was heavily influenced by the Chinese tradition of the scholar-artist. The style of this painting invokes the Zhe School of Ming dynasty China, and the subject alludes to a poem by the Chinese poet Li...
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Dec 8, 2011 Charles Willson Peale
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The wife of a wealthy Continental army officer and the mother of eleven children, Mrs. David Forman was portrayed by Charles Willson Peale in an interior that was meant to suggest the elegance and bounty of her domestic life. Peale was one of the rare American colonial artists to include paintings in his portrait interiors. The presence of the landscape hanging behind Ann Forman signaled the cultured life of the Forman household, and the gently idealized curves of its composition offered a...
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- Torii Kiyomine
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- Robert Loftin Newman
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- Allen Lewis
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- Alexander Ransom
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- Thomas Eakins
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- Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi
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- Katsushika Hokusai
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- Joseph Pennell
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- Paul Dougherty
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- Maurice Brazil Prendergast
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Maurice Prendergast was one of the first Americans to use watercolor in a modernist manner, allowing passages of unpainted paper to play a role in the description of summarily described forms. Prendergast’s style and his subjects were largely inspired by the French Post-Impressionist art he had encountered as a student in Paris in the early 1890s. His best-known theme was the modern pursuit of leisure by the middle classes, in parks and at beaches like this one near Boston. Object metadata...
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- Isidro Escamilla
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- Marguerite Thompson Zorach
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Expressive design was always at the heart of Marguerite Zorach’s art. Basing her imagery on some firsthand sketches (in this case made on a trip to Yosemite in 1920), Zorach preferred to work away from her original motifs in nature to achieve a composition independent of direct observation. Employing a decorative approach—with formal patterns and non-naturalistic colors—in a number of media, she initially was best known for her hand-sewn pictorial tapestries, for which her watercolors...
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- Charles Backofen
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- Winslow Homer
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- John Henry Twachtman
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Like Thomas Wilmer Dewing, John Henry Twachtman found pastel to be a medium sympathetic to his own preference for subtly suggestive rather than firmly defined forms. Guided here by some restrained passages of pencil outline, he described his model’s head using areas of delicately blended tones and economically touched highlights. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object record for the latest information.
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- Albert Sterner
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- John White Alexander
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- Thomas Eakins
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The Philadelphia Realist painter Thomas Eakins executed exhibition watercolors during a brief period of his career. In this bird-hunting scene set in the marshes of southern New Jersey, he used dry, tightly controlled brushstrokes to model his central figure and more fluid washes for the landscape. While the subject matter and academic approach (including extensive preparatory studies) parallel his work in oil, the artist preferred watercolor for this sun-drenched picture because it allowed him...
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- Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
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- Thomas Eakins
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The Philadelphia Realist painter Thomas Eakins asked Letitia Wilson Jordan (1852–1931), the sister of one of his students, to pose for him after he saw her in this costume at a ball. Over the course of extended sittings, he recorded her appearance in the gauzy black gown, Japanese shawl, buff gloves, and red bow with an unsparing directness that distinguished Eakins's art from the more flattering and fashionable portraiture of his contemporaries. The incongruity between Jordan's elegant...
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- Harry C. Edwards
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In this studio portrait, the Brooklyn artist Harry Edwards painted the Native American Handsome Morning, wearing a fringed shift with painted emblems, a bead-and-quill necklace, beaded moccasins, and a ceremonial blanket of fur-lined buffalo hide painted with abstract motifs (a speciality of Dakota women). Edward's identification of his sitter as a Dakota, or a Sioux, is meaningful because the Sioux retained perhaps the most lasting hold on white imaginations owing to the charismatic Ghost...
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- Pierre Jean Edmond Castan
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- Corneille de Lyon
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- Jean Clouet
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- Corneille de Lyon
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- Vincenzo di Biagio Catena
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- George Inness
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George Inness's view of the Delaware Rive (near the Kittatinny Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains) includes details like river rafts and a puffing train engine that represent human industry within a natural setting filled with color and light. Inness, a believer in the antislavery cause along with his close friend Henry Ward Beecher, used his most important Civil War-period paintings to convey an optimistic vision in which clearing skies and flourishing landscapes suggested the promise of peace...
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- Jacques Amans
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- James McDougal Hart
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- Charles Backofen
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- Thomas Rowlandson
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- Paul-Jean Clays
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- John Crouch
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- Indian
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- Gerard ter Borch II
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- William Henry Howe
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Toyokuni II, or Utagawa Toyoshige, was a student and adopted son of Utagawa Toyokuni. Toyokuni II’s work strongly resembled that of his teacher, and that similarity, paired with his use of Toyokuni’s name—especially his exact signature—continues to raise questions about the authorship of certain prints. Like the woman in the adjacent image, the subject of this “blue-printed” print wears a kimono printed with bats, an emblem of good luck that appeared often on decorative arts....
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- Master of Magdalen Legend
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The Master of the Magdalene Legend, whose identity remains unknown, has been recognized through his pleasing images of the Madonna and Child and his portraits. The small scale of this work, the delicate visage of the Madonna, and the tender interaction between mother and child were appealing characteristics in private devotional works. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object record for the latest information.
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- Arthur B. Davies
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- Adriaen van Ostade
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Like other portable triptychs, this work was made for private devotions. Although, as always, the Madonna and Child are central, this Sienese painter portrays not an enthroned figure but rather one seated on the ground. There are several other examples of this type, known as the Madonna of Humility, in this gallery. Here, Mary is pictured in a garden (a traditional symbol of the Virgin), shown only as a fringe of grasses and flowers on which she sits. The robes of the two saints have very...
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- William Merritt Chase
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Along with Robert Blum, William Merritt Chase was a founding member of The American Society of Painters in Pastel. In this evocatively backlit image of his young wife at a window, Chase employed the nuanced effects of layered and blended pastel touches to suggest her shadowed features. He used a more vigorous, sketchy hand in describing the lace accents edging her neckline and bodice. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object record for the latest information.
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- William Trost Richards
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- William Sartain
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- Henry Ossawa Tanner
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Henry Ossawa Tanner, perhaps the most accomplished African American artist of the late nineteenth century, studied with Thomas Eakins in Philadelphia. In 1891 he left for Europe, settling in Paris, where he would remain for much of his career. About 1908 Tanner became interested in architectural subjects rendered in a broad and Impressionistic manner, as well as in employing a palette of blue and purple tonalities. All these characteristics are demonstrated in his execution of The Arch , in...
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- Emil Fuchs
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- Julian Alden Weir
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- Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
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